STEM Education

Students will develop skills in science, technology, mathematics, and engineering through four nature-based learning stations. In Biomimicry, they’ll learn how engineers use nature for design inspiration and build a glider based on bird wing observations. After reviewing the causes and effects of acid rain in the What’s in the Water station, they’ll review the causes and effects of acid rain and conduct chemical sampling of the Arboretum’s wetland to determine pH. In Farflung, they’ll explore the engineering principles that allow for seed dispersal and conduct field sampling to explore patterns in nature. In Dendroclimatology, students will explore the relationship between tree rings and climate change (STEM Standards of Practice 1–5.)